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Oil train explodes in Quebec

Explosion and fires killed at least five people, with more missing, and thousands having to evacuate their homes

Oil train explodes in Quebec
A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire. The explosion and fires killed at least five people, with many more missing, and thousands having to evacuate.
Oil train explodes in Quebec
Firefighters attempt to douse a blaze after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed in Canada.
Oil train explodes in Quebec
Quebec Prime Minister Pauline Marois speaks to reporters after the incident.
Oil train explodes in Quebec
Residents watch rising plumes of smoke in the wake of the train crash.
Oil train explodes in Quebec
A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire. The explosion and fires killed at least five people, with many more missing, and thousands having to evacuate.
Oil train explodes in Quebec
A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire. The explosion and fires killed at least five people, with many more missing, and thousands having to evacuate.
Oil train explodes in Quebec
Colette Roy-Laroche, mayor of Lac-Mégantic, speaks during a press conference after the derailment and subsequent explosions.